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The Gate to Western Africa: EDSA MANAGEMENT PROJECT


K&A is working on Energy and Utilities project which is more than a solution to the client’s pressing needs. It’s a bridge for K&A to reach Western African countries through Sierra Leone. This project sees us bringing the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA), the recently formed national electricity distribution utility in Sierra Leone, into the 21st century. Like many utilities on the continent, EDSA is undergoing significant transformation so it can overcome di_culties including high power losses, financial trouble, low collection and electrification rates and deteriorated networks.

The devastation caused by the civil war (1991-2002) necessitated a reform of the electricity sector in Sierra Leone. Everything rides on the unlimited potential for the improvement and growth of EDSA’s services. The implementation of a comprehensive business plan is key to strengthening management and operational skills, building effective practices and developing EDSA’s global performance into the future. The plan also encompasses customer service improvement and extensive investment plans for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the electricity distribution network. This would give more people throughout the country access to electricity, especially since now only 10% of Sierra Leone’s population (of more than six million) has access to electricity.

After winning the competitive international bidding process, we have an interesting challenge ahead since we need to prepare EDSA for privatization in the future. This means improving its sales value and image, not only its performance. Our solid track record in the Utility Distribution Management aptly prepares us for this though. The top level political support and endorsement for the project, stable security situation in Sierra Leone and sound working relationships between the government and development partners will also aid the success of this project.

The three-year project consists of having a Director General and other four professionals from K&A’s side. They will focus on creating a modern efficient organization structure, administering the different directorates, carrying out the implementation of critical Information Systems (from GIS, AMI, ERP, CMS, to Asset Management, etc.), and establishing the National Distribution Control Center, Customer Contact Center, Revenue Protection Program, Financial and Procurement Management programs. They will also assist in capacity building and knowledge transfer to the EDSA team.